Lirata’s Board and staff have the expertise to make a difference. We understand the education, health and community services sectors because we have worked in those sectors ourselves over many years. We have delivered services, managed organisations, conducted research, audited performance and advocated for change. We know the strategic environment and the operational reality of these fields from the inside out.

Our senior staff have led complex projects on behalf of funders and service providers across Australia. We assemble a custom team for each engagement with the skills and experience to achieve great outcomes every time.


Our Board

Celia Clapp
Board Deputy Chair
Celia has extensive leadership and practice experience in the community and not for profit sectors, through a range of management, consulting and quality roles.
Dharshika Sabanathan
Director
Dr. Dharshika Sabanathan leads the change enablement function for Australia’s largest bank’s technology transformation.
Jessica Williamson
Director
Jessica is a human rights lawyer, specialising in refugee and immigration law.
Justin Welfare
Board Co-chair
Justin is a quality and compliance professional with strong experience within Australia’s health and community sectors, including Aboriginal Medical Services.
Tonya Stebbins
Board Co-chair
Professor Tonya Stebbins is a researcher and senior staff member in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University.

Our Staff

Alex Gruenewald
Consultant (Evaluation Specialist)
Alex has over 9 years experience in participatory design, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes in complex programming environments.
Athar Shafaei
Research Officer
Athar has extensive research experience and expertise in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
Karen Rosauer
Consultant
Karen is an experienced researcher and evaluator with a strong portfolio of work in the education and human services sectors.
Kate Randall
Senior Consultant (Portfolio Lead - Research & Evaluation)
Kate is a values-driven consultant and manager of community projects and programs, with expertise in design, monitoring and evaluation.
Leannda Read
Senior Consultant
Dr. Leannda Read has strong executive management expertise and a track record of delivering complex consulting projects across Australia.
Mark Planigale
Chief Executive Officer
Mark is a high-profile consultant who has led Lirata's work since 2010. Mark combines expertise in research and evaluation, organisational development, social work practice, IT and social justice advocacy.
Mark Yin
Research Officer
Mark is a researcher, youth worker and honours student at the University of Melbourne with experience in the youth and multicultural sectors.
Martin Goldzieher
Research Officer
Martin has extensive experience in research, evaluation and data analysis in the disability sector.
Nich Rogers
Senior Consultant
Nich is a consultant and social justice advocate with 25 years experience working across the health and community services sectors.
Pam Kennedy
Senior Consultant
Pam is a highly experienced consultant, researcher and senior executive with expert knowledge of quality improvement and organisational development.
Steph Lim
Administration Coordinator
Steph is an experienced administration and marketing professional in the not-for-profit sector. She is also an advocate for biodiversity conservation and community empowerment.

Our Associates

Anne Leonard
Associate Consultant
Anne is an experienced senior manager and consultant with extensive expertise in service management, development, planning, evaluation and review.
Christine Dean
Associate Consultant
Based in New Zealand, Christine is a Director of Impact Health and an experienced manager and auditor of large and complex organisations.
Elaine Hendrick
Associate Consultant
Elaine Hendrick has over 25 years experience in the not-for-profit, government and non-government sectors in Australia and Singapore.
Emma Pritchard
Associate Consultant
Emma is an evaluator with more than 20 years’ evaluation and research experience, who specialises in the not-for-profit, Victorian community legal and international development sectors.
Jillian Marsh
Associate Consultant
Dr. Jillian Marsh is an Adnyamathanha person with experience in community-based social research. She has worked in public health, school and tertiary education, and legal aid.
Rachael Pallenberg
Associate Consultant
Rachael is an executive manager, practitioner and consultant, with extensive experience in service delivery and leadership roles in family violence and sexual assault support services and prevention programs.
Tanya Hough
Associate Consultant
Tanya is an experienced community sector practitioner, manager and consultant, with a passion for organisational and leadership development.
Vivienne Cunningham-Smith
Associate Consultant
Viv has long experience in executive leadership roles across a range of sectors, and is a specialist in outcomes-based planning and outcomes measurement.